August 13, 2021
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
We are delighted to see our students back in every one of our schools! Thank you students, families and staff for graciously adhering to our health and safety protocols and procedures. Today, Superintendent Hoffman also sent a message to the EGUSD community and we encourage everyone to read it.
In response to the recent State health Order, please know that ever since the COVID-19 vaccine was made available, we in Elk Grove Unified made it a priority to keep staff informed about area clinics and we also worked diligently with local healthcare entities to offer the vaccine to our staff locally. Based on registrations, we know that a majority of our EGUSD staff did get vaccinated. We are aware of the newly released health Order requiring employees and on-site volunteers in TK-12 public and private schools to verify vaccination status and if not fully vaccinated to undergo at least weekly COVID-19 testing. We are carefully and promptly reviewing the details and establishing a plan to comply. We will also continue to urge employees, parents and children eligible to receive the COVID vaccination to please do so.
Where can parents and the community find vaccination clinics?
- Everyday: Free Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Bruceville Center Vaccination Station from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- More Opportunities: MyTurn
What is the EGUSD Independent Study program?
- Information about the EGUSD Independent Study Program can be found on the www.egusd.net website under the “Academics” link.
What other transportation options are available to students?
- While EGUSD is the only agency that can provide specific bus service to a school site, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) wants to remind everyone that students/youth in grades TK-12th can ride the entire SacRT transit network, including SacRT buses, light rail, and SmaRT Ride on-demand mictrotransit service for free, which has also recent;y expanded to Elk Grove! Many routes include bus stops conveniently located near our schools.
HOW TO RIDE:
- All school districts will be provided with RydeFreeRT cards for students in grades TK-12th.
- Through September 30, 2021, students don’t need a new RydeFreeRT sticker to ride, simply show a student ID or a previous RydeFreeRT.
- For students and youth who need a card, visit SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street light rail station) to pick up a card. RydeFreeRT cards are also available at Sacramento County public libraries.
- The District will be working with SacRT to distribute 2021-2022 passes to all students in late September or early October.
- As a reminder, masks are required on public transit.
- Learn more about the program at RydeFreeRT.com.
Where can we learn about open job positions?
- EGUSD job postings are found at EDJOIN.org
When is the next Board Meeting, will it be in-person and do I have to wear a mask?
- The next Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7th in-person at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center. Masks will be required indoors.
Stories to Share
Miwok Village Elementary School
EGUSD staff has worked closely with the Miwok Local Tribal Council and recommended that the Board take formal action to name the site, formerly referred to as Laguna Ridge East, as the Miwok Village Elementary School. At the August 10th Board meeting, the EGUSD School Board approved the recommendation. The District extends its respect and appreciation to the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Council for their involvement and engagement with the District to bring this formal naming to fruition.
This effort and relationship will be of great value to the region. Local tribal leaders and elders will play a critical role in the school planning, culture and overall school community now and forever. Mary Tarango, Antonio Ruiz, Raquel Williams and Jesus Tarango joined EGUSD staff at the August 10th Board meeting for the presentation.
The Miwok people were the original residents of the Cosumnes River. They had many villages throughout the Elk Grove and Franklin areas. The Elk Grove and surrounding communities have become familiar with names and references to words like Cosumnes, Mokelumne and Omochumne. The similarity among these references is credited to the Miwok people who were the first residents of what is now the South Sacramento County region. When the first explorers came to this area, in the very early 1800s, they found many groups of Native Americans living along the Cosumnes River and the little creeks and waterways which thread across what we now call Elk Grove, Laguna Creek, Wilton, Franklin, Sheldon and Sloughhouse.
The Miwok people were the first to live along the Cosumnes River as it wound its way down from the high country of El Dorado County to the flatlands including the Elk Grove and Franklin areas. In the waterways west of Highway 99, the Cosumnes River joins the Mokelumne River, and together, they flow on until they become one with the mighty San Joaquin. This was home to many Miwok people who spanned south and east as far as Yosemite and into the Delta region.
Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,